World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide.
Australian Animal Welfare Strategy (AAWS) assists in the creation of a more consistent and effective animal welfare system.
Agencies and Organisations
Animal Health Australia (AHA) is a not-for-profit public Company established by the Australian Government, state and territory governments and major national livestock industry organisations.
Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme (ADHIS) is the Australian dairy industry’s independent genetic evaluation organisation that provides Australian Breeding Values (ABVs) and ABV genomics.
Australian Livestock & Property Agents Association Ltd (ALPA) represents over 1,200 agency businesses across Australia and plays an important role in livestock, wool, merchandise and rural property sales.
Australian Livestock Transporters' Association (ALTA) represents the interests of Australian livestock transporters.
Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA) is the peak national body for the Australian feedlot industry.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is the national safety agency responsible for maritime safety, protection of the marine environment and aviation and marine search and rescue.
Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) is the professional organisation that represents veterinarians across Australia.
Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) is the peak producers organisation for Australian beef cattle producers.
Dairy Australia promotes and develops Australia's dairy industry and represents dairy farmers and industry bodies.
Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) is the peak national body representing the interests of Australian goat meat, fibre and dairy producers.
Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) is an independent statutory authority established to assist Indigenous people to acquire and manage land to achieve economic, environmental, social and cultural benefits.
International Livestock Resources & Information Centre (ILRIC) is a division of the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI) that provides independent certification of beef breeding animals based on the Australian Cattle Genetic Exports Agency (ACGEA) standards.
Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is a producer-owned company that provides services to livestock producers, processors, exporters, foodservice operators and retailers. MLA has over 43,000 livestock producer ‘members’ who have stakeholder entitlements in the company.
National Farmers' Federation (NFF) is the peak national body representing farmers and, more broadly, agriculture across Australia. It is one of Australia's foremost and respected lobbying and advocacy organisations.
National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is Australia's system for identification and traceability of livestock to ensure the quality and safety of beef, lamb, sheep meat and goat meat.
National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) provides the latest market reports, news, analysis, information and statistics for the Australian livestock and red meat industry from a wide range of MLA market information publications.
The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) is the peak primary industry body representing Northern Territory cattle producers.
The Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association (NTLEA) represents the interests of livestock exporters and other stakeholders and promotes, facilitates and drives growth in the export of livestock from northern Australia and the Territory in particular.
Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SMC) represents the interests of sheep meat producers.
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) is the Australian government economic research agency.
Department of Agriculture develops and implements policies and programs to ensure Australia's agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable.
Department of Agriculture - Biosecurity (formerly AQIS) provides import and export inspection and certification to help retain Australia’s animal, plant and human health status and access to overseas export markets. Formerly known as the Australian Quarantine Inspection Service (AQIS).
Levies Revenue Service (LRS) is responsible for the effective delivery of levies, by administering, collecting and disbursing levies, on a cost recovery basis, on behalf of industries.
Manual of Importing Country Requirements (MICoR) is a database of importing country requirements for the meat, fish, dairy, plant, plant products and live animal export industries.
Livestock Air Transport Safety Assessment (LATSA) software is a program that provides estimates of environmental hold conditions in the freighter and passenger aircraft normally employed in transporting livestock in or out of Australia. The program has the ability to generate key physiological data (heat, moisture and carbon dioxide) for a diverse range of the livestock (cattle, sheep and goats) that might be transported on aircraft in Australia. The software is hosted by MLA and can be accessed here.
Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines
Nationally consistent standards and guidelines for the welfare of livestock are being developed, cooperatively by government and livestock industries. The welfare standards and guidelines are based on the revision of the current Model Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Animals.
The welfare standards and guidelines for livestock aim to streamline livestock welfare legislation in Australia, ensuring that it is both practical for industry and results in improved welfare outcomes.
Australian producers have always been aware of their responsibilities for livestock welfare, however, increasing awareness among consumers is placing significant pressure on our livestock industries to improve animal welfare. The development of welfare standards and guidelines underpins access to overseas markets and reinforces Australia's international leadership in livestock welfare. Without such change Australia risks losing consumer confidence and significant national and international markets.
Further information on the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines is available here